5 things we learned: Patrice Bergeron fights, Brad Marchand keeps scoring as Bruins beat Jets

DJ Bean
February 11, 2016 - 5:46 pm
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The Bruins wanted a win Thursday. They did not want an injury to perhaps their best player. Fortunately for them, they got the former and, despite a scare, avoided the latter. After a second-period fight with former teammate Blake Wheeler, Patrice Bergeron missed time in the opening minutes of the third period, but returned to score his second goal of the night as the Bruins opened their six-game road trip with a 6-2 win over the Jets in Winnipeg. Bergeron would stay in the game as the team cruised to the win, which was capped by a Jimmy Hayes empty-netter. The B'€™s also got goals from Eriksson, David Pastrnak and the red-hot Brad Marchand. The night got off to something of an underwhelming start after Tuesday's 9-2 loss to the Kings, as the B's took first-period leads on goals from Bergeron and Eriksson but relinquished the lead after each one. A breakaway goal late in the period from Marchand gave Boston the lead for good. The road trip will get more difficult from here, as the B'€™s will face a tricky back-to-back of Minnesota on Saturday and Detroit on Sunday. The Bruins and Red Wings are currently tied for second place in the Eastern Conference with 64 points apiece. Here are four more things we learned Thursday: CONNOLLY CHIPS IN FOR 3 Brett Connolly has had a woeful showing for the Bruins offensively this season, but he led the way with three helpers on Thursday. Though he has just seven goals on the season and has squandered some really good opportunities, the Bruins like his forechecking on the Bergeron line and he'€™s stayed there as a result. Thursday he provided a reminder that he is capable of points, as Connolly registered the first three-point game of his career. He now has 19 points in 51 games on the season. The restricted free agent-to-be could use a strong second half to make sure he stays in Boston.  TEAMMATES TURNED DANCE PARTNERS Bergeron dropped the gloves for just the fourth time in the NHL (fifth time as a pro) when he squared off against Wheeler in the second period. It'€™s assumed

11 IN 11 FOR MARCHAND Another game, another goal for Brad Marchand, who brought his team-leading goal total to 26. He now has 11 goals in the last 11 games and is just two goals away from his career-best 28 scored in 2011-12. The Bruins still have 28 games remaining after Thursday. KEVAN MILLER STAYS IN OVER COLIN MILLER Claude Julien opted to keep Kevan Miller in the lineup after Tuesday'€™s struggles. He also kept his new(ish)-look lines from Wednesday'€™s practice for Tuesday night, icing the following lineup: Marchand-Bergeron-Connolly Beleskey-Krejci-Pastrnak Eriksson-Spooner-Hayes Rinaldo-Talbot-Randell Chara-Trotman Morrow-Seidenberg Krug-Kevan Miller Rask
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